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Extraordinary Women in Texas Law

SMU Law Professor Linda Eads recognized for outstanding accomplishments

September 29, 2008

In a special edition - "Extraordinary Women in Texas Law" - the Texas Lawyer recognizes 30 women "licensed to practice law in Texas who have had an impact in the state on firms, government, nonprofits, academia and/or the corporate world within the past five years (judges were not eligible)."

Law Professor Linda EadsAmong the 30 selected for this special honor was Professor Linda Eads of SMU's Dedman School of Law.

In describing Eads, The Texas Lawyer says in part, "Longtime legal ethicist Linda Eads touches Texas law from the ground up. In addition to working on a significant overhaul of the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Conduct, which govern the behavior of every attorney in the state, she helps vet judges and serves as an adviser to an ethics center. But her true passion is training the next generation of Lone Star lawyers.

"A member of the State Bar of Texas' disciplinary rules committee since 2003 and its chairwoman from 2004 to 2007, she oversaw the December 2006 report to the Texas Supreme Court containing comprehensive recommendations for rules changes. (She won the State Bar's 2006-2007 President's Award in recognition of her work.) . . .

"Eads contributes in additional ways to the development, enforcement and instruction of Texas legal ethics. She's a member of the faculty advisory committee to SMU's Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, where she helps guide its programming and direction.

"She vets candidates for state attorney general and for federal district judgeships in Texas as part of a panel assembled by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, both Texas Republicans.

"Eads also reaches out to the next generation of lawyers as an assistant professor at SMU law school teaching professional responsibility, lawyering and evidence. The graduating class voted her "favorite law teacher" in 1989, 2004, 2006 and 2008. (The same teacher isn't allowed to win two years in a row.) She also received the school's Don Smart Teaching Award in 1989, 2004 and 2006. . ."

Read The Texas Lawyer tribute to Eads.

Read the complete article, including the other 29 honorees.


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